Here we are, the end of another work week, TGIF, and all that. The plan for today was for Jimmy and me to bring you some News and Views, but Jimmy is slightly under the weather and I’m going to have to fly on my own today. So here we go, News and Views, solo edition.
* After much muss and fuss earlier in the week, there are now reports that Johan Santana will make his first Spring Training start next week. Mets fans will keep their fingers crossed. This gets me to a popular point of view that I have never been able to embrace, Johan as some future tradable asset. This just smacks of wild-eyed optimism to me. I’m not thinking money here. Even if the Mets were to pick up the salary, I do not think we can get anything near a Wheeler or Syndergaard for Santana. There is so much risk with that shoulder that even if Johan had a good to great first half it would be buyer beware. The memory of the second half of last year can’t just be erased. With Santana I’m hoping to get as much as we can out of him so when he pitches I will just enjoy it. And I would love to have him around Harvey and Wheeler as long as possible too.
* Hey, isn’t it great that K-Rod would consider a reunion with the Mets. We have made his short list of 30 major league teams he is considering. What a sport! I can’t seriously believe we would want him anywhere near our locker room, and so I am not concerned. If anyone from the Mets has other ideas, hope they remember how well Bobby Bonilla, the Sequel, went.
* When you see some of the lineups this week without David Wright, it is frightening. Batting cleanup, Marlon Byrd! Oh, boy, I hope David is very careful this year.
* Carmelo Anthony has a bad knee. No he doesn’t. Yes he does. He asked to come out of the game the other night. No, he didn’t. See — it isn’t just the Mets! This would all make me feel a lot better if I wasn’t a Knicks fan too.
* I had a fourteen-hour day yesterday and then a special two-hour commute that should take one hour. Working for a living is so overrated. But in the car, I heard the following update on WFAN, heard it five times in fact. Matt Harvey pitched four-and-a-half no-hit innings, striking out five. So I held off and didn’t go postal.
Okay, that’s all for today folks, thanks for bearing with News and Views solo edition, remember, whatever doesn’t kill you makes you stronger.
A Mets fans motto!